Two Day Arts & Culture Experience
Breakfast - GATSBY’S ON FOURTH* – Located in the lobby of the Seelbach Hotel, Gatsby’s on Fourth features a seasonal menu featuring fresh, locally-grown ingredients. Named after the F. Scott Fitzgerald book, The Great Gatsby which highlighted the Seelbach Hotel, Gatsby’s on Fourth is a great breakfast stop to start your day. After breakfast, be sure to explore the hotel a little and see one of the remaining Rathskellar’s in the country or maybe check out where Al Capone played cards in The Oakroom—including the door that lead to his secret passageways.
GALLERY AT THE BROWN HOTEL – The historic Brown Hotel, home of the Hot Brown sandwich, has unveiled an art gallery displaying the artwork of many established and emerging Kentucky artists.
TROLLEY DE VILLE – Enjoy a 75-minute narrated city tour featuring over 30 attractions aboard an authentic, climate controlled trolley with brass rails, bells and more! You’ll roll through downtown Louisville, along Museum Row, see the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, and meander through Old Louisville—home to the largest collection of Victorian-style homes in America. Learn interesting facts and trivia about your new favorite place to visit!
Lunch - PROOF ON MAIN AT 21C MUSEUM HOTEL* – Lauded as one of Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants,” Proof on Main in downtown Louisville’s acclaimed 21c Museum Hotel is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. With a commitment to local farming, we deliver plates infused with local flavor. The bar is a local hot spot and features 50+ Kentucky Bourbons. After lunch, be sure to walk through the 21C MUSEUM HOTEL'S ART GALLERY featuring contemporary art exhibitions. 21c Museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the best works of art of living artists from all over the world.
KMAC – Located along Louisville’s Museum Row, KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft) is a non-profit art museum dedicated to promoting art and craft excellence in Kentucky.
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY - You can’t miss the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger bat welcoming you to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. See how the famous bats are made, hold bats actually used by baseball’s superstars, experience what it’s like to face a 90-mile-per-hour fastball, or take a sing with historic replica bats in the batting cages. You even get to take a mini Slugger bat home with you!
FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM - Explore over 1,000 years of history throughout the Frazier History Museum with interactive exhibits, hands-on learning opportunities, and seeing history come to life through costumed actors who bring visitors face-to-face with some of the events and people who changed the world. Be sure to check out “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” on display now through September 10.
MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER – Stroll through the award-winning, multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Louisville native son, Muhammad Ali. Learn the story behind Ali’s incredible life and the core principles that fueled his journey become the “Greatest of All Time.” You can even step into the boxing ring and take on the Champ, see a replica of the infamous red bike that started his boxing career, and get an up-close look at the Olympic torch he used to light the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
GLASSWORKS – Visit two glass working art galleries under the same roof. Visit Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery to watch the artist transform glass into one-of-a-kind glass sculptures. Then head over to the Mark Payton Glass Center and see incredible glass art made from either glass fusing or flame working; you can even take a self-guided tour through the Mark Payton Glass Center.
E & S GALLERY - Established over 25 years ago, E & S Gallery is an award-winning gallery known for providing exquisite and collectible artwork. In 2015, E & S was named “Best Gallery in Kentucky” and one of the “Top 25 Galleries in the U.S” by American Art Awards.
Dinner - SAFFRON'S* – Nestled along Market Street, Saffron’s opened in 2001, and has been serving authentic Persian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere with unparalleled service.
After Dinner Entertainment – LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA – Founded in 1937, the Louisville Orchestra has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Carnegie Hall. Currently the Louisville Orchestra is under the musical direction of Teddy Abrams, who has debuted over 10 world premieres of major works with the orchestra, and who recently composed and recorded “Float Rumble Rest” as a tribute to Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali.
Breakfast - WAGNER'S PHARMACY* – The history of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs is written on the walls of Wagner’s Pharmacy. Opened in 1922, and featured in everything from the Los Angeles Time to Southern Living to the movie “Secretariat,” Wagner’s is a must before heading over to explore Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum.
KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM - Experience the greatest 2 minutes in racing at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Be a part of the thrills and traditions of the race as you watch the “Greatest Race” in a 360-degree theatre. Step into the announcer’s booth and call the play-by-play for the race, or try on the jockey silks and climb aboard a race horse to see who in the family has first place bragging rights. Tour the historic Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track and see up close the famous track itself.
HITE ART INSTITUE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE – The Hite Art Institute is dedicated to providing a dynamic exhibition program for both the University of Louisville students and the Louisville community. Exhibitions include artwork from the Hite Art collections, local and regional artists, and students in the Hite Art Institute program.
SPEED ART MUSEUM - Explore the Speed’s collections, spanning more than 6,000 years of human creativity, culture, and experiences that inspire curiosity, build visual literacy and teach about the world around us. After a recent expansion project, the Speed Museum has something for everyone—modern art, classical pieces, regional history, and hands-on learning for the younger crowd in the Art Sparks area.
Lunch - AMICI'S CAFÉ* - An Italian café in the heart of Old Louisville, enjoy lunch either outside on Amici’s courtyard or inside where you feel transported to the Italian countryside.
AA CLAY STUDIO & GALLERY - Situated in Old Louisville, this ceramics studio is a shared working space that features an assortment of handcrafted ceramics from studio artists and Louisville potters.
HISTORIC OLD LOUISVILLE WALKING TOURS - Historic Old Louisville features the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States. This 60-minute guided tour will take you through the history of Old Louisville from the 1870s to present, talk about the architecture of the homes, and more!
CONRAD-CALDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM – Built in 1895, this Richardsonian Romanesque mansion and crown jewel of St. James Court, exemplifies the finest in Victorian-era wood, stone craftsmanship and featured the latest innovations of its day like interior plumbing and electric lights. Throughout the house are period time pieces, including many that are original to the home.
Dinner & A Show – DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE* – Derby Dinner Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. For over 35 years, Derby Dinner Playhouse has produced Broadway musicals and light comedies. Before each show, enjoy a freshly prepared, home-style buffet before the lights dime and the theatre comes alive with the magic of lights, costumes, a live orchestra and a stage full of professional performers.